Bass fishing in Central Florida is the best in the country.
These 10 lakes are my picks for The top 10 bass lakes in Polk Co.
1. To start off I’ll take Lake Kissimmee as the best prospect for trophy bass. This 34,948 acre lake has produced lot of 10+ bass through the years. While most of the lake is in Osceola Co. It can be accessed from Polk Co. at the Hwy 60 boat ramp on the south side of the lake.
2. Lake Rosalie is a less known lake to the general public. At 4578 acres it provides some good bass fishing and excellent crappie fishing in the winter months.It has good cover consisting of eel grass, maiden cane, hydrilla, cattails and bullrushes. Located next to Lake Kissimmee it gets a lot less fishing pressure than Kissimmee.
3. Next on the list would be Lake Walk-in-the-Water. This lake has 7549 acres. And is generally a shallower lake than most.At 6ft to 8ft in most of the lake. This lake also kinda a sleeper lake that not many other than locals have heard of. It offers fine bass fishing and panfishing.
Fishing with live shiners is the key to catching trophy bass.
Like most of the top 10 bass lakes in Polk Co. fishing with wild shiners are the top bait for trophy bass. Crappie fishing can be excellent also. So try this lake out. I think you’ll like it.
4. Tiger lake is a smaller lake in 2086 acres often overlooked little gem of Central Florida. This a good lake to use a swim jig like Scorpion Swim jigs. These jigs can be fished in and around the cover. It is located just east of Lake Rosalie. This lake offers good bass and crappie fishing year round.
5. Lake Pierce is a 3856 acre lake.It averages about 9 to 10 ft at it’s deepest point. Located just east of Haines City Florida. It has your typical aquatic vegatation. Like eel grass, bulrushes, hydrilla, lily pads, and more.
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6. With 3021 acres Lake Marion is a good size lake. With a good poulation of bass and panfish. It also is located close to Haines City Florida. Typical tactics work here. Fish the hydrilla flats with Ultra spinnerbaits and buzz baits. Then as the sun rises I like to use Scorpion jigs to flip, pitch,or cast to grass patches or bulrushes and all the other types of vegatation.
7. Over near Frostproff,Florida. Crooked Lake stands out as a 4219 acre lake. It is deeper than most Florida lakes but has some holes approaching 30ft deep. Bass fishing is good in this lake. And it has a boat ramp on the south side of the lake off of Hwy 630.
Try some Scorpion Swim jigs for bigger bass
8. Lake Arbuckle is a 3809 acre lake. It’s a shallow lake averaging about 3 to 4 ft around the edge and some times shallower than that. It’s deepest point is 8ft. Good lake for crappie and catfish. The bass fishing is also good here. It’s a few miles east of Avon Park,Florida. On hwy 64.
9. Lake Hamilton is right in the middle of Polk Co. Being a 2239 acre lake it has a pretty good population of bass. It’s panfishing is good also with some nice bluegill. This lake is approximately 10 ft deep at it’s deepest. It’s a shallow lake over all but offers all different types of cover to fish. Use a June bug colored C- tail plastic worm flipped in the bulrushes and buggywhips.
10. Last but not least the Winter Haven chain both north and south offers a number of lakes to fish on. Connected to each other by canals. So you can fish more than one lake in a day. Some of these lakes have different water clarity. Some are tannic stained while others are clear and in between. All the lakes on the chain have good to excellent populations of bass and panfish.